David Protess, a leading journalism professor at Northwestern University known for his work investigating wrongfully convicted individuals, has been in a high-profile dispute with the institution, which suspended his teaching duties this semester. Protess and his supporters have accused the university of failing to protect his rights as law enforcement officials have questioned his tactics. But on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported, Northwestern officials told faculty members that Protess had doctored records and lied repeatedly to the journalism dean.
Higher Education Quick Takes
The University of California at San Diego and the California Western School of Law have placed a "pause" on talks about merging the private law school into the university. Officials cited the budget crisis currently facing the University of California.
A deadly shooting stunned Southern Union State Community College, in Alabama, on Wednesday. The Opelika-Auburn News reported that Thomas F. May III returned to the campus at 6:45 p.m. and told reporters he was the man authorities were seeking. At around 4 p.m., a man opened fire on a minivan, killing one and injuring three others.
Legislators in Maryland gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that would ramp up regulation of for-profit colleges that operate in the state, phasing out financial aid to their students and imposing other restrictions, The Washington Examiner reported. Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the legislation, Senate Bill 695.
The College Board has announced that some of those to whom it sends e-mail messages have had those addresses captured by a hacker of its e-mail provider. All of those whose e-mail addresses were captured were sent an e-mail, so those who have not been notified should not be affected. The College Board said that names and e-mail addresses -- but not Social Security numbers (which the College Board doesn't have and so were not in danger of being stolen) -- were captured by the hacker.
The top recipient of federal student aid in Virginia is Liberty University, which last year took in $445 million in such funds, largely because of the rapid growth of Liberty's online programs, The News & Advance reported. While Liberty has 12,000 residential students, it now has 52,000 online students. The news has prompted considerable online commentary about the flow of funds to Liberty at a time that conservative lawmakers are trying to cut Pell Grants and other programs. Salon noted that Liberty received more federal funds last year than the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Frank Trocki announced Tuesday that he would resign as chancellor of Montana State University-Northern, The Havre Daily News reported. Trocki is in his second year in office. The announcement came after the president of Montana State University called off two searches for administrators at Northern, saying that the university needed to review whether the searches were marred by procedural errors.
Faculty members at Edison State College have voted no confidence, overwhelmingly, in Kenneth Walker, the president, and James Browder, the senior vice president, The Naples Daily News reported. Faculty members have been complaining for some time about the management of the college. Last week, Walker was able to delay a vote of no confidence by promising various reforms, including the reassignment of Browder. A spokeswoman for the college said that "certainly, Dr. Walker and Dr. Browder take it extremely seriously, and Dr. Walker is hearing the message that the faculty is sending."